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Showing – alternative designs for museums, Architectural Contest – open to architects + designers
16 Aug + 1 Jun 2017
Showing – alternative designs for museums Design Competition
Showing – alternative designs for museums, from Non Architecture Competitions
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We can consider “Architecture” everything that has already been designed and/or built. That would define a realm of conventional solutions, often repeated in a self-referential system. We imagined a counterpart, a “Non Architecture”.
A world of unexplored designs and countless possibilities, that if found, could enlarge and change permanently the boundaries of Architecture. A universe of chances and opportunities never challenged by architects before. A limitless field of investigation that includes everything that is not Architecture, yet.
Non Architecture Competitions aims to find unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. It consists in a series of nine competitions. All competitions have their focus on finding innovative approaches to specific issues of functionality in architecture, seeking nontraditional approaches in architect’s work.
Showing – alternative designs for museums, is the fourth Non Architecture Competition.
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The aim of the “Showing” competition is to develop a design proposal for the museum typology, intended as a place of display for objects and/or concepts of interest. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of museums. Many architecture and design projects have already proposed new ways to experience the museum, establishing the architecture of the museum itself as a piece of art and object of display, or defining new ways of interaction and experience with the public. In addition, numerous initiatives experimented on the social and educational role of the exhibition space, innovating content, as well as the way it is produced and selected.
With similar creative attitude the participants are urged to create an artefact, merging considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. The proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or a urban plan. Scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their project.
Some basic useful topics of investigation to approach the competition theme can already be deduced from the definition of “museum”:
museum noun [C] A building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed.
As follows, very essential aspects of the conventional museum can be questioned. – Can a museum be something different than a traditional building or place? Cain it be a network in the city rather than one single construction? Or can it be reduced to a smaller space, like a single room, a pavilion, or just one object? – What kind of value should the content of the museum have? What should a museum give to society? Or how can a community contribute to the museum? Should a collection be organized over historical, artistic and scientific values, in order to educate the visitors? Or should it be entertaining, in order to generate engagement and participation?
– Should a museum be exclusively a space for keeping and displaying objects, or should it become an interactive and participatory environment? Could a museum exist without objects for display, considering the experience of the building itself as the main content? Or should it become instead an invisible background for the collection, almost disappearing to avoid distracting the visitors from the content displayed?
These are the questions to suggest to the partecipants as possible fields of investigation. Each project can tackle one or more of the issues suggested, as well as raising new ones in relation to the competition topic. Just try to be as creative and unconventional as possible.
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4 Oct 2016
Training – Alternative designs for Sport Facilities Competition
The aim of the “Training” competition is to develop a design proposal for the sport facility typology, intended as a place where physical activity and/or sports entertainment can occur. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of sport facility:
24 Sep 2016
Making – Alternative design for factories Design Competition Winners
Making – Alternative design for factories Competition Winners
THE 15 MOST REVOLUTIONARY DESIGNS OF FACTORIES
The winners of the second Non Architecture competition (www.nonarchitecture.eu) “Making – Alternative design for factories” have been unveiled, showing some absolutely innovative concepts for factories designs.
This was the second of a series of nine competitions, oriented at pushing architects and designers to rethink traditional architectural typologies. In this case factories – intended as building or a group of buildings where goods are manufactured – have been reinterpreted by participants from all around the world. The challenge was to develop an unconventional design for a building to make, with absolute freedom of location, scale and program dimensioning.
The Jury, composed of Alex Hogrefe (founder of Visualazing Architecture and partner at Design Distill); Aldo Sollazzo (founding partner at noumena and researcher at Iaac, Barcelona and Laurent Rosset (creator of Lorystripes and architect at Cebra) selected 3 winners and 12 honourable mentions from more than 100 subscribers.
The winning projects showed a variety of approaches, from extremely visionaries solutions, to more practical and business oriented strategies, going from a flying factory to machine that count the passing of time, from mobile factories that work with a simple click on an app to critique industrial presences.
– Winner: “Amazonia Pier” / Julien Nolin
Amazonia Pier is a phantasmagorical critique of the industrial presence of Free Trade
Zones, the result of globalization, where large foreign industries take advantage of
cheap taxes and even cheaper labor costs to produce their goods, by placing their
factories in less wealthy countries and cities.
– Winner: “The Cradles” / Aldrich Choy, Allan Chong, Chad Seah, Frances Lai
An annual event where you will also be able to catch these unmanned drone factories in
action, extracting minerals and materials before manufacturing at the locations listed
– Winner: “The Flying Factory” / Zheng Cui, Siyang Yu
The factory is lifted by drones, big and small, powered by solar system, with great
mobility and zero land coverage. Products are assembled by working robots and
delivered by smart drones, through online orders.
Making – Alternative design for factories Competition Honorable Mentions
– Honorable mention: “Machinapolis” / Niko (Seong) Hur
The project pictures a world where products are no long mass produced. Rather, it
celebrates the emergence of small and rapid prototyping that augments innovation and
– Honorable mention: “Cowhouse” / Tamara Jamil
Cowhouse was borne from the idea that architecture can act as a site for physical
production and as a vehicle to manufacture change. Following lines of production and
reinserted into city landscape, patrons are invited to examine the life of cattle.
– Honorable mention: “Factory of the absurd” / Thaylini Cristine Luz BelinoBonfin, Miguel João Dias da Costa Pereira
The facture of the absurd is a machine that measure the passing of a time. The power
source is produced by a human operator, and so, he is the one in the wheel dictating
the productivity. If the man is tired, time slows down, if the man is in a hurry, so is the
– Honorable mention: “The Mobile Factory” / Mark Andrew Lee
Gone are the days of working tirelessly. Now if you wish to be a factory worker you
simply sign up for it on the Mobile Factory App and it will brief you on the safety
procedures and instructions.
– Honorable mention: “Drift” /Chi-Kuan Im, On-U Leong
Every module of DRIFT consists of two parts – Production and Delivery sections. Robot
arms on each side of Production section provide corresponding services for procedures.
– Honorable mention: “A Factory Toward Fulfilment” / Naomi Rubbra, Leopold Taylor, Felix Yates
A world in which consumerism becomes redundant. Where the factory doesn’t
contribute to the problem, but becomes the solution. A Factory Toward Fulfilment takes
stock from those brave enough to break away from the conventions of the status quo.
– Honorable mention: “Urban Factory” / Sasa Ciabatti, Bilyana Asenova
The future factory transforms from a receiver of instructions to an open environment for
cooperation between suppliers and customers. Suppliers and customers find
themselves in a close collaboration at an early stage in the development of a new
– Honorable mention: “PONOS” / Frixos Petrou, Sofia Nikolaidou, Emeline Dussaucy, Matteo Novarino
PonosTM promotes itself as #thefutureofwork – an obscure facility for providing any and
all kinds of services, from logistics to automobile prototyping.
– Honorable mention: “An Anarchistic Factory” / Rik Lambers
An Anarchistic Factory is an alternative for plain social housing which formalizes the
low-skilled, in-formal, in-efficient jobs that squatters are doing now; recycling waste. It
proposes to bypass a river and build a simple structure that takes in polluted riverwater
– Honorable mention: “RandomAccessMemory” / Cristina Cărcănescu, John Chia
Random Access Memory has a mnemonic agenda, aiming to marry traditional crafting
with digital manufacturing. The idea of crafting techniques becoming extinct leads to
over-romanticised solutions of prevention.
– Honorable mention: “Walk for Progress” / Wong Suen Yi, Chou Chia Yi
We propose a mobile device, “Waking-Print”, as our flyer factory.The low-tech working
device is designed to be too heavy to be pushed by one person, therefore it needs a lot
of people at the same time to operate it.
– Honorable mention: “Of Dead and Bread” / Rachid Jalloul
This crematorium bakery is set in a natural space. It is a public open space that allows
reflection and rejuvenation.
– Non architecture is a platform for innovative architectural solutions and
research. A series of nine competitions – used as a tool to trigger a collective
research – will be hosted to further develop an understanding of specific
architectural topics; aiming at enlarging the traditional boundaries of an often
self-referential architectural practice. Each of these competitions will be judged
by esteemed professionals from both education system and private practice.
– The most relevant proposals of every competition will be published in a book,
containing also jury comments and extra material gathered with a call for
materials.. Additional information is on our website.
– The third competition, “Training – Alternative designs for gyms” will start the 1st
of October the and it investigates potential alternative designs for places where
to exercise the body and mind.
– The Jury was composed by the esteemed by Alex Hogrefe, founder of
Visualazing Architecture and partner at Design Distill; Aldo Sollazzo, founding
partner at noumena and researcher at Iaac, Barcelona and Laurent Rosset,
creator of Lorystripes and architect at Cebra.
– Extra information on www.nonarchitecture.eu
7 + 6 Jun 2016
Sleeping Design Competition Winners
Non Architecture Competition Winners News
THE 15 MOST REVOLUTIONARY DESIGNS OF HOTELS
The winners of the first Non Architecture competition (www.nonarchitecture.eu) “Sleeping – Alternative design for hotels” have been unveiled, showing some absolutely innovative concepts for hotel designs.
This was the first of a series of nine competitions, oriented at pushing architects and designers to rethink traditional architectural typologies. In this case hotels – intended as places to host the sleeping function – have been reinterpreted by participants from all around the world. The challenge was to develop an unconventional design for a building to sleep, with absolute freedom of location, scale and program dimensioning.
The Jury, composed of Nuno Brandao Costa (Brandão Costa Arquitectos, FAUP university); Inac Eray, (Eray Carbajo Architects, ) Filippo Maria Doria (TU Delft, Winner Archiprix 2014) selected 3 winners and 12 honourable mentions from more than 140 subscribers.
The winning projects showed a variety of approaches, from extremely visionaries solutions, to more practical and business oriented strategies, going from movable hotels to outdoor sleeping, from being hosted in a granny’s house to having a space for drugs-inducted psychedelic dreams.
– Winner: “Find yourself hotel” / Aleksei Snetkov, Katya Shomesova, Anastasia Popova
A series of “rooms” scattered across the globe consisting of a white structure that serves as a marker of presence, that dissolves traveling to a “primitive” state but that also is able to connect this action with landscape.
– Winner: “The Retreat at Koonalda Homestead” / Lisa Azhar, DuenEe Chan, Ivan Hage
An underground extension of the Koonalda Homestead in South Africa, a space that presents to travellers the opportunity to disappear temporarily from the surface of the earth and relax in peaceful isolation.
– Winner: “Skyline” / Jin Young Chang, Laura Camejo
unique approach by creating a network of cabins suspended 400 meters above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
– Honorable mention: “Grannys functional” / Lluis Martinez Ramirez
a new kind of hosting where many grandmothers and grandfathers, seeking affection, welcome young people to to stay in their home.
– Honorable mention: “Ahotel” / Leonard Palm, Thomas Bohne
a formal parking garage where the parcels are not intended anymore for parking a vehicle but to park campers, tents or merely, for example, a hammock.
– Honorable mention: “An Anywhere Nights Stay” / Sebastian Murillo Nader, Adolfo Fajardo Bernal, Regina Cortés Garza
a new type of hosting that, taking advantage of current aspects of mobility, accessibility, and technology, functions as a disperse system in which all its parts may relocatable according to the situation.
– Honorable mention: “Ballon Dream” / Zheng Cui, Siyang Yu
a floating hotel pod hanging on a hot air balloon, which is connected to a camping deck where the single units come down to the ground every morning, and go up during the night.
-Honorable mention: “Hotel Expedition” / Wan Ting Chen, Sheng Zhao
a new system and typology which allows the traveler to become an explorer that provides services of not only the traditional hotel but also of a public transportation.
– Honorable mention: “Hotel Mirage” / Anna Barbieri, Anna Hagen
a place where you leave all your sorrows, here you can just take a pill, relax and enjoy your stay, choosing from wide range of hotels and dream of them with a specially developed dreaming pills.
– Honorable mention: “Hotelbox” / Camilla Vässmar Frick, Ossian Quigley-Berg
it’s a sleeping unit that occupies valuable space in the city converting existing buildings into temporary places to reside.
– Honorable mention: “Hôtell” / Bianca Soccetti, Federica Fogazzi, Elena Balzarini
an alternative model that breach the core of hospitality, where big furniture companies will stay open past their working hours and accommodate different type of temporary shelter for those seeking a low-cost, informal bed.
– Honorable mention: “Rempod” / Brandon Large
first conceived in 2025, where average sleep cycles are of 3 hours, this typology derived from the “Float tanks” of the 1950’s and utilizes Sensory Deprivation as a means of propelling users into deep sleep, allowing for mind and body revitalization within a single REM cycle.
– Honorable mention: “The Three Minstrels” / John Chia
a business model where the targeted clientele will be required to use his/her skills as a performance or service to the community, given to the hostel as payment and as a model, the building proposes an adaptable tectonic typology
– Honorable mention: “Troglodyte Living” / Matteo Ghidoni, Jean-Benoît Vétillard
a nine thousands year-old city excavated in the rocks where there is no standardization and hygiene-driven triviality in order to substitute the passive-aggressive individuality of tourism with the potential luxury of an unfiltered urban life.
– Honorable mention: “Morpheus Hotel” / Frixos Petrou, Emeline Dussaucy, Sofia Nikolaidou, Matteo Novarino
an alternative model for life on earth where the rooms constitute ideal universalities which satisfy all the primary needs and where a new mankind, free from induced needs, can survive with the help of the network.
All the other submissions can be found on the Non Architecture Website:
• Non architecture is a platform for innovative architectural solutions and research. A series of nine competitions – used as a tool to trigger a collective research – will be hosted to further develop an understanding of specific architectural topics; aiming at enlarging the traditional boundaries of an often self-referential architectural practice. Each of these competitions will be judged by esteemed professionals from both education system and private practice.
• The most relevant proposals of every competition will be published in a book, containing also jury comments and extra material gathered with a call for materials. The call for materials for the “Sleeping” competition will be open until the 16th of June. Additional information is on our website.
• The second competition, ‘Making – Alternative designs for factories’ starts the 1st of June and it investigates potential alternative designs for the production of goods.
• The Jury was composed by the esteemed Nuno Brandao Costa, founder and director of Brandão Costa Arquitectos and Professor at FAUP (Porto); Inac Eray, Founding partner at Eray Carbajo Architects (New York, Istanbul) and Filippo Maria Doria, Architect and Researcher, PHD and Lecturer at TU Delft and winner of the Archiprix 2014.
• Extra information on www.nonarchitecture.eu
6 Mar 2016
Sleeping Design Competition
Non Architecture Competition
Title: Sleeping – Alternative designs for hotels
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31 Mar: Early registration – 45 euros
30 Apr: Regular registration – 60 euros
1 May: Submission Deadline
– NUNO BRANDÃO COSTA (Founder and director of Brandão Costa Arquitectos, Professor at FAUP (Porto)
– INANC ERAY (Founding partner at Eray Carbajo Architects, 8.5 years Architect at Zaha Hadid, Teacher and lecturer at Pratt Institute (New York) and Bilgi University (Istanbul))
– FILIPPO MARIA DORIA (Architect and Researcher, PHD and Lecturer at TU Delft, Winner of the Archiprix 2014)
3 winners (1000 euros prize), 14 honourable mentions, 50 Finalists. All selected projects will be published in the Non Architecture competition book.
The aim of the “Sleeping” competition is to develop a design proposals for the hotel typology, intended as a place to sleep. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of hotel. Recently many initiatives, such as Airbnb and Couch-surfing, have been proposing new interpretations of the function of hotels, developing extremely successful business models. With similar creative attitude the participants are urged to create an artefact, merging considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. The proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or a urban plan. Scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their project.
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